The University of Alabama baseball program has been the center of a major gambling controversy, one that led to the dismissal of former head baseball head coach Brad Bohannon. Here’s a closer look at Bohannon’s tenure with the Crimson Tide, and the circumstances that have reportedly led to his ouster at Alabama.
A Look at Brad Bohannon
Brad Bohannon was the former head coach of the University of Alabama baseball team. Over five seasons with the Crimson Tide, Bohannon went 166-124 and in 2021, helped lead Alabama to its first NCAA regional since 2014. Bohannon’s Crimson Tide produced a number of interesting pro talents in his time with Alabama, including former second-round pick Connor Prielipp and Rangers relief pitching prospect Chase Lee.
Bohannon was terminated by the University of Alabama in May 2023, due to violating “the standards, duties and responsibilities expected of university employees.” A controversy engulfed both Bohannon and the Crimson Tide baseball team in May when the Ohio Casino Control Commission issued a halt to all Alabama baseball game wagers after it found suspicious gambling activity during a series between Alabama and LSU.
The game in question took place on April 28, when top-ranked LSU defeated Alabama 8-6. In that contest, Alabama scored five runs in the ninth inning to tighten the lead. NCAA rules prohibit officials from betting games, as well as provide information to individuals engaging in sports gambling.
Bohannon has been replaced by Jason Jackson, who will take over the head coaching duties on an interim basis.